Maria Sharapova - always a threat and a great competitor - newly engaged as well
Juan Martin DelPotro - from Argentina - winner of the 2009 US Open - out most of all of last year with a wrist injury -
Jelena Jankovic from Serbia - one of my faves and I am hoping she can break thru and win a Grand Slam -
Vera Zvonareva - one of the 37 players from Russia - ranked #2 in the world and playing excellent tennis
Ernests Gulbis from Lativa only 1 of 2 players from that country ....
I prefer the long hair of 2010 to that of 2009...what do you think? He is ranked 24 and still young but can surprise us I think .....
Victoria Azarenka is ranked 10 in the world and she is from Belarus
With the terrible flooding taking place in Australia, the players are holding a Rally for Relief exhibition match on Sunday Jan 16 ..the eve of the Australian Open. Here is more information:
The stars of Australian Open 2011 are donating items to help flood victims in Queensland.
Following the Rally for Relief exhibition match at Rod Laver Arena on Sunday 16 January " the eve of Australian Open 2011" you will be able to bid on a range of player goods.
Tennis racquets, shoes and shirts are among the items being donated for auction on the Australian Open's official eBay store.
From now until 48 hours after the men's final on 30 January you will be able to bid on your favourite item.
Keep returning to this page for more information about goods for sale and a description of what has been offered by Australian Open players.
Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Kim Clijsters, Sam Stosur and former Queensland tennis star Patrick Rafter have rallied around victims of the Queensland floods. A third of the state has been declared a disaster zone.
"Along with many of the other players I was moved by the devastation caused by the floods in Australia," Federer said. "We just wanted to do something to help aid the recovery because we know there are thousands of Australians who will continue to suffer as a result of this disaster."
"This is a terrible tragedy, not only the loss of life but the destruction of people's homes," Nadal said. "I am pleased to be able to contribute in some way to help bring it to the attention of the world and raise some money for the victims in the process."
Take part in the Rally for Relief eBay auction.
The players are always very eager to help when tragedy strikes and they truly show class at these moments in time. It is very nice to see.
Jan 17 to 30, 2011
Today's Words of Wisdom: The Good that People do Lives After Them